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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 16, 2007 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Name 13 different Bay Area venus in one minute...

Jeeezzz...there were so many in the Bay Area! Amazing, and predictable since the bands were starting there, and so were some of the big names in venue management (Graham, etc.) who were also 'competing' via stopping and starting places, changing names, etc., etc...

Do you recall Bob's line in Alligator:

"Burn down the Fillmore, gas the Avalon"?

I think that the boys were involved in mge at the Carousel and/or Family Dog venues, and thus the line fits the times...or was he just dicking around for fun?

And then of course, there were the free shows at various outdoor locations, not to mention some clubs, bars and for crying out loud, local HS gyms!

Yes, NY, GOP's eastern home was hot, but you can't beat the Bay Area for diversity, and that "home field" advantage, eh?

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 16, 2007 8:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Name 13 different Bay Area venus in one minute...

what I hear in the '68-'70 (and beyond) SF area GD gigs, is how relaxed, at home they are...

no doubt the gigs back East, in La, Canada and elsewhere at that time (up to '71 at the Fillmore East esp.) - the crowds were ecstatic, the energy is way up there.

But, I like the casual asides of the local gigs from then...

I remember the crowds only cheered for St. Stephen, otherwise until the polite applause at the songs' end, whatever they wanted to do was okay with us.

There was the occasional banter back and forth between someone in the aud. and the band locally...
I wish more of that was taped (from 1970 at the Carousel), but some was taped.

I'm only guessing that hypnosis might be a way to unlock buried memories.

I'd really like to try that. One thing, is that I wasn't on mindbenders during the shows of 1970.
The one time I was given something in line before the show, it was a dud.

So that old saying, if you can remember the '60s you probably weren't there, is not true in my case.

But, there are holes in my memory. Yet what I do recall, is very vivid.